Two Development Academy staples and two newer Academy clubs will represent the U-17/18 field at the 2013-14 Academy Championships on July 17 and 19 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California.
FC Dallas and Players Development Academy won their respective quarterfinal matches Monday while first-season Development Academy club Bethesda-Olney and the Montreal Impact, in its second Academy campaign, have also advanced to the semifinal stage.
FC Dallas won a national title at the U-17/18 age level during the 2011-12 season and was the national runner-up in 2010-11. PDA is in search of its first national title, but this is certainly familiar territory for the club having earned second place at Academy Finals Week in 2008 at the U-15/16s.
The four semifinalists will now head to California for the Academy Championships. This is the first season that the Academy has implemented a knockout round following the Academy Playoffs. The semifinals are Thursday, July 17, and the championship matches for both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels will be held Saturday, July 19, at StubHub Center. The title games will be streamed live on ussoccer.com.
FC Dallas 3, Colorado Rush 2: At FC Dallas Sports Park in Frisco, Texas, host FC Dallas’ Santiago Agudelo scored two goals, including the game-winner in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time. FC Dallas took control early with an Antonio Aguilar tally in the 11th minute and Agudelo’s first score in the 57th minute to take a 2-0 lead in the second half. The Colorado Rush responded late as Eduardo Reza converted two penalty kicks in a 10-minute span to tie the score at 2-2 late in the half. With the match seemingly bound for overtime, second-half sub Agudelo thrilled the host side with a toe-poke tally in the waning seconds. FC Dallas is now 4-0-0 during the postseason and 22-4-6 overall.
Players Development Academy 3, Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Soccer Academy 1: Host PDA defeated 2012-13 national runner-up Shattuck on Monday, with Jared Stroud’s 57th-minute goal proving to be the game-winner. Brian White opened the scoring in the 28th minute and Anderson Asiedu contributed a goal in the 64th minute. For Shattuck-Saint Mary’s, which advanced through a difficult group at the Academy Playoffs that included 2012-13 national champion New York Red Bulls, Ricardo Lopez-Espin scored his team’s lone goal in the quarterfinals. PDA improved to 22-3-4 overall this season and is now 3-0-1 in the Academy postseason.
Bethesda-Olney 2, Chivas USA 0: Through a scoreless 90-minute regulation, Bethesda-Olney found its scoring touch in overtime at Maryland SoccerPlex. Jake Rozhansky scored the game-winning goal in the 94rth minute and Daniel Kaiser added an insurance goal 10 minutes later for the victory and a spot in the Academy Championships. This is Bethesda-Olney’s first season in the Academy, and the club has impressed to the tune of a 4-0-0 postseason and a 27-2-0 overall record in 2013-14.
Montreal Impact 3, Seattle Sounders FC 0: Marco Dominguez’s 33rrd-minute tally opened the scoring and the Impact held Seattle’s offense in check during Monday’s quarterfinal at Starfire Sports Complex. Fabio Morelli added a goal in the 53rd minute and Sam Duffek capped off the scoring with a goal in second-half stoppage time. Montreal shut down a Sounders side that outscored its opponents 16-1 during the three-game Academy Playoffs in Indiana. The Impact moves to 3-0-1 in the postseason and 18-6-3 overall.
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